Jinotega Department

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Departamento of Jinotega, "Coffee capital"
Department of Nicaragua
Country Nicaragua
State Jinotega
Region Jinotega
City Jinotega
Capital Jinotega
Area 9,755 km2 (3,766 sq mi)
Population 417,372 (2014)
Timezone UTC -6
ISO 3166-2 NI-JI
Website: http://www.jinotega.com/

Jinotega (Spanish pronunciation: [xinoˈteɣa]) is the second largest department in Nicaragua. It is located on the border with Honduras. Its provincial capital is the city of Jinotega, located in a valley 142 km from Managua (2h 26min, the Panamericana Norte and Guayacán).

The Department of Jinotega has a population of 417,372 inhabitants (2014). It produces 65% nationally Coffee , which is exported to: the United States, Russia, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe. Many companies like Nestlé and Starbucks coffee, buy coffee from Nicaragua. Cocoa addition, basic grains, vegetables, fruits and flower cultivation occurs.

In the apartment is Lake Apanás with its own electricity. From the beginning Volcano Yalí The Cordillera Isabelia alignment with high mountains such as Chimborazo (1,688 meters), the Datanlí hill - El Diablo (1,550 m) with its waterfall "The Bujona". Penas Blancas Massif (1,700 meters) and the largest nature reserve in Central America: Bosawás Biosphere Reserve.


Points of interest[edit]

Cathedral San Juan
Nuestra Señora de los Angeles.
City of Jinotega
Vista de San Sebastian de Yali, Jinotega

There are various restaurants and markets throughout the department of Jinotega, that serve various fruits, vegetables, meats, and drinks. The city of Jinotega is in the vicinity of the artificial Lake Apanas. A town named San Rafael del Norte is just 20 minutes away in a good paved road. San Rafael was the General Headquarters for the troops of General Sandino in the late 1920s and early 1930s. It has a nice church and small museum of Sandino and his wife Blanca Aráuz.

Attractions and places of interest[edit]

In the city of Jinotega[edit]

Museum and Library[edit]

Museum: presentations of archeology, history and antiques. Library: to the front of the central park, in the same premises of the museum.

Churches and Cathedral[edit]

  • Church of Our Lady of the Angels, near the school La Salle.
  • Catedral San Juan Bautista on the main avenue of the city.
  • Parque Otto Casco: with basketball court, near the bus station to managua and near the Hospital Victoria Motta.
  • Central park: with track for skateboards and connection to wifi, which is in front of the museum, library, the mayor's office, hotels, restaurants, university, social club and San Juan Cathedral.

Panoramic Views of Jinotega[edit]

  • Travel to the top of the "Peña de la Cruz" up the steps, path of many pilgrims who fulfill promises to La Santa Cruz.

In the municipalities of the department of Jinotega[edit]

Natural, historical and religious coexistence[edit]

  • Visit to La Concordia, birthplace of General Benjamin Zeledon and San Rafael del Norte, where General Augusto C. Sandino married Blanca Aráuz and served the pastoral work of the Servant of God Fray Odorico D'Andrea.
  • Canopy "La Brellera" on the outskirts of San Rafael del Norte, experiencing the sensation of "flying" on the trees.

Nature reserve "El Jaguar".

Rural and community tourism experience[edit]

  • Tour of the natural reserve "Cerro Datanlí - El Diablo" to know its forest of nebliselva and the waterfall "La Bujona" guided by inhabitants of the reserve with whom they share their daily activities.
  • Lodging in "La Bastille" Ecolodge
  • Farm holidays in Santa María de Pantasma.
  • Ecotourism in "La Fundadora" and "Vida Joven" Finca located on the Jinotega - Matagalpa road.
  • Natural and cultural experience
  • Visit to the Bosawás Reserve, Biosphere Reserve declared by UNESCO and to the "Peñas Blancas" Massif.
  • Nature tour of the coffee in the Cerro Kilambé (Wiwilí) nature reserve and the "Santa Maura" farm to learn about the cultivation of this grain called the "green gold".
  • Nature reserve "Yalí" Volcano.
  • Fishing and sailing experience
  • Adventure tourism on Lake Apanás where sport fishing activities and rowing boat competitions take place, this artificial lake is nowadays a habitat for a great variety of lacustrine flora and fauna.


  1. El Cuá
  2. Jinotega
  3. La Concordia
  4. San José de Bocay
  5. San Rafael del Norte
  6. San Sebastián de Yalí
  7. Santa María de Pantasma
  8. Wiwilí


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Coordinates: 13°05′19″N 85°59′57.12″W / 13.08861°N 85.9992000°W / 13.08861; -85.9992000